Thursday February 18, 2010 Last 32 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 1 Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Gera 3’
  • Zamora 63’
  • Luiz Adriano 32’

  1. Zamora gives Fulham edge

    Zamora gives Fulham edge

    A fantastic strike from Bobby Zamora gave Fulham a 2-1 home win over holders Shakhtar Donetsk in a Europa League last-32 first leg. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Fulham
    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • 90+3 That's it! A brilliant game of football, Fulham with a slight advantage after Shakhtar almost overran them. The second leg should be a cracker - although Fulham's away record is not the best...
    • 90+2 Succession of corners results in a free-kick to Fulham. Schwarzer proves that a team can only be as good as his keeper - one of the best in the business.
    • 90+1 WONDERFUL SAVE BY SCHWARZER FROM FERNANDINHO! A frankly mesmerising spell of passing from Shakhtar resulted in the Brazilian firing it for the top right but he somehow clawed it away for a corner.
    • 90' FULHAM SUB: Gera on for Elm, who will help Zamora hold the ball up front.
    • 88' Fulham are kind of hanging on now as Shakhtar pass and pass but they are stepping off them and making sure no shot or through ball comes in.
    • 86' Douglas Costa cuts in from the left to send Ilsinho in but Hughes is on him and puts it out for a throw.
    • 85' Hughes puts a free-kick from deep into the Shakhtar box but Srna heads clear.
    • 83' Great run by Costa but the ball flicks up on to his arm off Hangeland just as he was getting into the box.
    • 82' Rakytskyy goes down easily when Zamora shrugged him off the ball. Zamora is furious.
    • 81' Willan fires wide after a nice one-two with Ilsinho.
    • 80' Bit of havoc in the Fulham box as Costa's ball in is not cleared, but as the Whites miss it so do Shakhtar and the hosts survive. Better spell for the visitors.
    • 79' Baird gets his cross wrong when Fulham had men over. Shakhtar break, Ilsinho puts Costa in on the left, he drills it across goal and everyone misses it for Kelly eventually to half clear!
    • 78' Costa swings it on goal left-footed and Fernandinho flies in to head it towards goal but he is offside.
    • 77' Free-kick to Shakhtar on the right which Costa will take...
    • 75' SHAKHTAR SUB: Douglas - who everyone thought would join Manchester United last season - is on for Jadson.
    • 73' Davies's cross clearly hits Hubschmann on the arm but play on says the ref. Shakhtar break but Duff is back to win a free-kick.
    • 72' Poor touch by Etuhu to give the ball away in his half and the orange visitors come forward again. Nice passing again as Fernandinho and Willan and Jadson all move it about but Gera - who has been much better this second half - intercepts.
    • 71' Zamora hustles Kucher off the ball but play-on says the ref as Shakhtar bring it clear.
    • 70' Murphy to take then... he swings it far post AND ZAMORA IS UNMARKED WITH THE HEADER BUT JUST WIDE! A yard to the right and that was in, Pyatov rooted to the goal-line.
    • 69' Gera wins a free-kick deep on the right wing aftr a clumsy one from Rakytskyy.
    • 67' Fulham counter again, Duff on the right, good ball into the box and Gera rises highest but the header is straight at Pyatov!
    • 66' They may be behind but the ball loves Shakhtar. Brilliant from Luiz Adriano to keep the ball in, somehow getting around Hangeland and turning on a sixpence. His pals follow suit with some lovely passing.
    • 65' Brilliant tackle by Kelly to stop Jadson in his tracks on the edge of the box. Ilsinho fouls Murphy.
    • 64' Fulham look more confident now, knocking the ball around and controlling the tempo. That's the best goal he's scored in his career, surely.
    • 63' GOAL FULHAM! ZAMORA! INCREDIBLE STRIKE!! Oooooh we could watch that all night. A Shakhtar-esque quick break, a backheel from Gera to play Zamora in and he smashed it first time, from the edge of the box, off the bar and in. Pyatov didn't see it. I barely did. 2-1.
    • 61' Zamora feeds Davies who, with the outside of his right, curls it into the box but just beyond Gera. Shakhtar break, they have men over and Srna wide right but the cross is poor and cleared.
    • 60' Gera goes down easily in the box, claiming a push from Srna but it was the lightest of touches.
    • 59' Murphy almost sends Zamora in but Kucher clears. The home fans roar Fulham on.
    • 58' Davies has lost a boot. Fulham have a throw on the left. Kelly takes an aaaaage to take it, then throws it far too hard at Etuhu who loses the ball.
    • 57' Hughes mis-hits a ball down the line and Shakhtar have a throw.
    • 56' A crossfield pass aimed to Luiz Adriano is a touch too long for him.
    • 54' The corner amounts to nothing. Fulham go forward and Zamora flicks on but, as a lone striker, he has no-one to run on to that. If I was Roy, which I am not, I'd take Gera off and put Elm up front: Shakhtar's defence can be tested and Gera is offering nothing at the moment in terms of containing Shakhtar's midfield.
    • 53' Rakytskyy gives it away to Duff who slips it in to Zamora and Fulham are in but Zamora holds on to it too long and the chance is gone. Shakhtar are in but behind for a corner. Phew. Murphy booked for a late challenge during that counter.
    • 53' Good play by Fulham as Zamora can play Davies in but he gets the pass from the edge of the box all wrong.
    • 52' Srna shoves Davies completely unnecessarily after he'd played the ball out.
    • 51' Hughes nervously lumps his clearance into the air when he had a touch more time than that. Fulham get it back though. This is more like it.
    • 50' Fulham win a free-kick just to the left of the D but Davies's delivery is woeful, low and easily cleared.
    • 49' Hubschmann fouls Duff, who rolls for effect now. Catching, this girliness lark.
    • 48' Kelly late on Ilsinho, into the ankle after getting the ball. Could have been nasty, lucky not to get a card.
    • 47' Fulham yelp for a handball as the ball bounces up into the midriff of Kucher but he had his hands tucked to the side and Zamora fouled his marker anywhere.
    • 46' Second half underway!
    • 45+1 Hughes takes a risk to leave the ball for Schwarzer with Adriano lurking. And that is half time, 1-1, Fulham started like a house on fire but then Shakhtar looked quality.
    • 45' Srna goes down like he's been shot in the head, rolling about after a collision with Davies. It was a foul but he's really overdoing it... and the ref, bored at his somewhat tedious antics, books him.
    • 44' Murphy wins the ball in Fulham's first touch for around 90 seconds. Gera gives it away though (bangs head on floor).
    • 42' Jadson wide to Srna who crosses low for Hangeland to whack to touch for a throw.
    • 41' Terrible touch by Gera as Fulham threatened to break. After scoring he has been close to a liability.
    • 40' Fernandinho plays a nice through ball for Luiz Adriano but Hughes slides across to intercept. Great challenge.
    • 39' Hughes is forced to clear to touch. Normally one calls Fulham the passing team but compared to these boys they look a bit long ball tonight.
    • 38' They rarely take more than two touches: one to kill and one to play. A long one from Rat though is too long.
    • 36' Ilsinho with some neat wingplay but he overdoes it again and Davies clears.
    • 35' Duff on the right, he cuts on to his left foot and curls an enticing cross AND DAVIES WITH THE FLICK HEADER BUT WIDE! Counter attack- that's the way to do it, Shakhtar are great going forward but vulnerable at the back.
    • 34' Shakhtar break again and Ilsinho is in but he overplays it and goes down easy under Kelly's challenge.
    • 33' That in Luiz Adriano's sixth goal in seven Europa League matches. Absolute quality on the break, Fulham were opened up by that.
    • 32' More slick passing from Shakhtar, Ilsinho on the ball now, lovely through ball to free Luiz Adriano, lovely run to beat the offside trap and in a split second it is 1-1. Classic Shakhtar play.
    • 31' Shakhtar pass Fulham into a coma on the edge of the box, culminating in Srna drilling a low shot across Schwarzer but just wide.
    • 29' Ilsinho gets in on the left but he semi-panics and gives it away. Shakhtar still have it as Hughes blocks a shot from Jadson after a great set-up from Luiz Adriano.
    • 28' Duff puts the ball in for Hangeland but Rakytskyy clears to touch.
    • 27' Kucher flies into the back of Gera, with Rat doing likewise on Duff.
    • 26' Do not be fooled by the Donetsk in this team's name: there are only three Ukrainians in a team that is straight from the streets of Rio. Nice one-touch passing but no end product as Fulham clear comfortably.
    • 25' Fernandinho and Jadson exhange passes, now Hubschmann and Willan on the ball but Duff is back to cover Baird and Fulham clear.
    • 24' Murphy plays it short to Zamora, back to Murphy AND HE CURLS A WICKED STRIKE TOWARDS GOAL but it's a few yards wide in the end.
    • 23' Rakytskyy climing all over Zamora on the edge of the D and it's a free-kick to Fulham in a dangerous position...
    • 22' A very harsh booking for Luiz Adriano, who caught Schwarzer accidentally as he cleared long.
    • 21' Ilsinho and Jadson exchange passes inside the Fulham box but Jadson mis-hits the shot and Fulham clear.
    • 20' Hubschman gets his own back by going down very easily on the edge of his box after Duff put the free-kick towards Zamora.
    • 19' Zamora turns Czech Hubschman and wins a free-kick. Hmmmm. Looked the other way there.
    • 18' Fulham are struggling to get the ball at the moment as Murphy gives it away.
    • 17' Shakhtar pass it around at the back, which will suit Fulham. Zamora cutting a slightly lonely figure up front though.
    • 15' Willan on the ball as Shakhtar get into their groove. Poor ball by Fernandinho though, way too long for Srna getting forward.
    • 14' The corner is swung in near post but Zamora is there to head behind. From some angles that looked like an own goal but it was well wide.
    • 13' Hangeland gives the ball away, poor from him and Luiz Adriano is in and he fires it across goal but Hughes slides in. Corner.
    • 12' If you're wondering why Nicky Shorey and Okaka are not in the squad, they are ineligible at the moment.
    • 11' Fulham semi-camped in Shakhtar's half. Out-passing and out-fighting them so far, but the Ukrainian side with the Brazilian players are capable of the incredible...
    • 10' Jadson almost latches on to a high ball but Hangeland and then Davies complete the clearance.
    • 9' A neat spell of Fulham passing ends when Zamora pushes his marker off the ball.
    • 7' Rakytskyy hits it but that will end up in Putney if it carries on rising. They're still in pre-season so possibly a touch rusty...
    • 6' Rakytskyy gets forward and after Duff lets him go Murphy fouls. Free-kick 35 yards out...
    • 5' Pressure from Shakhtar now as they try to work their way back into this game.
    • 4' Etuhu gives a free-kick away around 25 yards out... Srna usually likes these... into the wall though. Willan tries a cheeky backheel into Luiz Adriano but Hangeland intercepts.
    • 3' Fulham are all over the Ukrainians as Rat hacks it wildly clear. Murphy threads it in for Zamora, Kucher misses it and Gera is in, he drills it low AND THROUGH THE KEEPER AND IN! GOAL FULHAM!
    • 3' Hangeland almost heads the corner in as Fulham start with intent.
    • 2' Duff to take, he swings it far post from the right AND HANGELAND WITH THE HEADER BUT TIPPED OVER IN STYLE BY A FLYING PYATOV! Corner.
    • 1' Free-kick to Fulham early on, won by Zamora.
    • 1' Match underway at the Cottage!
    • - Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)
    • - Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat, Ilsinho, Hubschman, Fernandinho, Willian, Jadson, Luiz Adriano; Subs: Khudzamov, Lewandowski, Gai, Douglas Costa, Gladkyy, Kravchenko, Ischenko
    • - Fulham team: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Kelly, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Gera, Zamora; Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Riise, Smalling, Greening, Elm, Marsh-Brown
    • - Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Fulham's Europa League last-32 first leg against holder Shakhtar Donetsk, starting at 8.05pm UK time!
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    Manager: Roy Hodgson

  • Shakhtar Donetsk

    Manager: Mircea Lucescu

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